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What sources of sample work should be used in a job interview?

When writing a CV, can I show previous websites I have been the main developer on, in previous/current companies?

I would like to include links and details about previous projects, however I'm unsure whether this would be copyrighted to a previous/current employer, and therefore not available for me to present as my own?

Is this common, and is it allowed?

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marked as duplicate by Mark Trapp, ozz, Walter, ChrisF Mar 6 '12 at 21:34

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I would say it depends. Sometimes its not a problem but I know that I am not allowed to talk about the projects I am working on. So it depends on the projects and if its clarified sometimes with the customer too. – Smokefoot Mar 6 '12 at 8:20

No, you must not present it as your own.

But you obviously may link it and tell precisely what you've done for those sites while working for <company>. The subtle difference is you don't ever never let imply you did what you didn't. (e.g. graphics, background, content, data input, etc.) But as long as you stay true to the facts, you're good.


  • The list may be too long and dispersive to really represent your skills in a meaningful way, (how about finding the most essential sites you worked for, those on which you feel your contribution made a difference?)

  • The client or your substitute at <company> or both could have screwed up the site pretty badly since you worked on it. (idk, giant ugly animated GIFs of fuzzy bears in the front page, for example) If you have screenshots to go with the links, it could be better, but then you cannot screenshot functionality.

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+1 - practical and accurate. – TehShrike Mar 5 '12 at 23:57

You can certainly include links to public websites you've worked on.

You can include "details" about previous projects, just as anybody can on their CV, whatever their profession, although you should obviously avoid including commercially-sensitive information.

Code you wrote for a previous employer is normally owned by them, and is therefore their copyright, and so cannot be reproduced without their permission. However, I believe there are exceptions for reproducing small excerpts for "fair use". Although, I ought to add, I Am Not A Lawyer.

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Yes you can and you should. That's how you can show your experience and work. But here are some of the rules that I obey buy

  • You worked on a website, it is public. Sure you can show it and take full credit for it.
  • You worked on the page, it is in beta. You can not show it
  • You are working on a site that is in a test folder on the site. You can not show it.

So as long as company has made it public. Yes it is public and you can show it. If not, you can not show it.

Also a similar question, almost a dup is here What sources of sample work should be used in a job interview?

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@Curt is going into website design business, and there's definitely a set of companies ("studios") who require and want to keep ex-employees from disclosing their real amount of work on certain sites. The allowed part is "I worked for X, X had created a website for Y". – kagali-san Mar 6 '12 at 5:02
@kagali-san, if there is an agreement that you can't disclose what you did on the website. Of course that agreement stay on. Or the question should be then, should I break that agreement? BTW I never heard of such a thing but if there is an agreement then it is crystal clear. I did answer the question from website work point of view (and work in this field too). – Noname Mar 6 '12 at 14:30

No it wouldn't be copyright infringement. Websites are in the public and simply linking to a site isn't using any of their material or infringing copyright in any way. (if it was then reddit would be shut down by now!)

Do list the details though. Don't claim as yours anything that isn't as it can really bite you later on.

Listing previous websites you have worked on is common practice, legal and moral. Go for it.

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They are not actually public domain, they are just publicly accessible – TehShrike Mar 5 '12 at 23:57

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